Monday, April 26, 2010

Tutorial ~ Mother's Day Frame

A fun and easy Mother's Day Tutorial is the theme of this post, and one that was published last year in Romantic Home's Magazine for you. Taking the old and making something new and creative to gift is something that I know many of you love to here is a bit of Monday inspiration for you to create into your own fabulous project for dear Mother!

A Mother's Day Tutorial on creating a frame to insert perhaps an old photo of you and dear Mother into. NO...the photo in my frame is NOT me and Mom, it's just some clip art that I had, and that works too! Enlarge the photo for instructions, easy peasy as pie.......

Have an inspiring week......

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sew Out Of The Loop

Hi friends! In case you hadn't noticed, I love a play on words:-). I really am "sew" out of the "loop" with blogging lately and this is just a quicky post. This weekend hopefully will get to go to our little place at the beach and I'll bring the laptop and try and catch up on visiting you all, that is...when I am not out cruisin' with the top down! see......I had received these for Christmas (yeppers....Christmas 2009!) and I simply have not had time to even open the boxes until THIS WEEK!! It's a good thing that they work and there are no missing parts...I know, idiotic move on my part...right?

In any event, YES....I do sew sometimes, just thought that I would let you know. In fact I made most of my girl's cute little outfits when they were small. I also had a thriving line of clothing back in the early '90's with my business Pour It On Productions. That's another story......for another day! Suffice to say that I have had the same sewing machine for the last 30 years. These newbies were a NEED, not a want!

I have been enjoying getting to know my new sewing machine and serger for the last week, yesseree! Jill of all trades, master of none it seems sometimes.

A pretty plethora of pillows coming to my SHABBYFUFU website probably late on Thursday. I have made these Vintage Barkcloth and Antique French Lace Pillows for a number of years now. Maybe you remember that they were published some years back in Romantic Homes magazine. BTW....we sold tons back then at that price on the WEBSITE, but the economy being the way that it is the price will 1/3 of the Old Price:-). Spring seems the perfect time to fluff up with some pretty pillows ~ if you are looking, please come visit!

By the way.....speaking of pretty, I had some comments and emails about the big Dining Room redo and NOPE, I won't be getting rid of everything pretty......just going to put away more and display less at a time. LESS DUSTING and more relaxing, since I work with PRETTY every single day!

More pretty things coming to SHABBYFUFU this week........

I PROMISE to visit you soon~
Lots of love from here,

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

White Decorating Is Timeless

Good morning my friends and blog surfers! Time for a quick post this morning before I head out to spend some time with my older daughter who is in town this week for a visit.

I'm hearing that so many of you are sprucing up your homes and gardens right now, and Spring seems the perfect time to do so. Same here....we just took a truck load of great things over to the Goodwill for donation and have so much more room to move around! I've done lots of garage sales over the years, but with the economy as it is right now I felt that a giving mood was more apropos....and there will be some happy peeps who eventually find what we donated.

Our door and window remodel is close to being finished! Between the new roof and the new windows and French doors we will be "vacation free" this year and skip what lately has been our yearly trek overseas. I just found this photo on my computer the other day of me in Paris a couple years back. Crazy short hair (what was I thinking!).

Speaking of French.....decorating with "all things French" seems so trendy right now. Every shop from Marshalls to Restoration Hardware has the Burlap look....Pillows with French text etc, and it's becoming overwhelming! A trend alas.......I have seen many come and go over my years in design and this one too shall pass.

One timeless trend seems to be decorating in white. I have my own little White House here and have favored white decor since I had my very first apt in my senior year of college! Furniture has always been painted white and/or upholstered white wherever I have lived.......and then depending on season accessories are changed out. It's so easy to move things from room to room and accessorize and edit this way.

Mr Fufu is a true "less is more" guy......and he was in favor BIG TIME of this redo.

We decided to move the china cabinet in the dining room into a little corner of the large living room, corner bookcase into a spare bedroom and take everything off the walls. I had this BIG A_S mirror that I recently acquired and repainted it white over the original very dark grey and gilt finish. It's now the centerpiece of the room behind my favorite vintage beaded chandelier. A vintage French caned sofa table now holds just a few accent pieces that can be easily changed out. Our dining table is glass.....which I love because it allows the swimming pool to reflect and be seen in the late afternoon sun. Chairs.....not super crazy about them, but until I find the right ones I plan on doing some new slips soon.

Less is more sometimes

From this

Photo of my Dining Room from Romantic Country Magazine, by Dan Meyers

To this

Photos are not "styled" and I don't have my new camera they are not the best, but you "get the picture"!

Have an inspiring week.....

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Was Asked For A Statement

Greetings and salutations.

I haven't had much chance to blog and probably won't for awhile as the house remodel continues. Most of what we are doing is on the outside, but the new window process started yesterday and of course they have to come inside to work out (the windows that is!). The crew should be arriving shortly for the day and I will be moving out of my office while they replace the windows in here. So far not too much of a mess, but ohhhhh the smell from the caulking is awful, and I have an uber sensitive schnoz!

My office is actually shared with Mr. Fufu, and thankfully my studio is in a different room. That's where I will be today working on some custom orders for these (modeled by my beautiful daughter:-):

About a year ago I received a phone call and then a letter from a fashion stylist at Country Living Magazine.

I don't know exactly how they found me, but I about fell I had never worked with them before!

I don't seek out publicity....thankfully, gratefully, luckily it seems to find me:-).

They had seen my work on the Romantic Dress Forms that I do and asked if I could submit some "Statement Necklaces" for consideration in a future issue.

They made it very bling, no actual jewels or embellishments other than fabric roses and millinery~ like my Shabbyfufu Dressforms.

To be honest I had never made any of them before....but I had seen them in Anthropologie and at the time a scant few on Etsy. In my day I definitely HAVE made jewelry though....and in the years that I used to do Art Shows I sold quite a bit of it.

To the drawing board I went and made some samples for their perusal. As it turned out they did not use my pieces......opting instead for lower priced statement necklaces in the February issue, sourced from Etsy and some of the "made in China" big box store pieces. Oh well..........not a bad thing, as I decided to add samples to my
Shabbyfufu Shoppe inventory and they have become a Best Seller! With the elements that I use and the scope of the work, my customers know that I price things right on:-).

I'll have more designs to come in the near future......when things quiet down around this old house!

Have a great week and will talk to you soon.......